The Venice Stakeholders Association released yesterday a letter to City officials, prepared by their attorney John Henning, and identifying what they call unequal enforcement of park ordinances throughout the city. The Association contrasts the condition of City Hall Park with that of the Venice Beach Recreation Area, which they say is marked by “skid row conditions”. From their press release:
“LA’s politicians are enforcing every park law to keep City Hall Park and the LAPD’s park safe and attractive,” VSA president Mark Ryavec said, “but along Venice Boardwalk, the Department of Recreation and Parks and the LAPD allow campers to violate all the city laws against storing personal property on park land and the use of banned camping equipment.” The result is that squatters have taken over the park from residents and visitors, many of whom do not feel safe using the park, the neighborhood leader said.
You can read the full letter: garcetti7-08-14 And the press release: VSA – Press Release re Unequal Park Law Enforcement at Venice Beach Recreation Area July 8_ 2014.